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May 9, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Friday Memo: New skyscraper … Grow old instantly … Bertha cam … M’s shutout

 

High skies: Get ready for another change to the Seattle skyline. The University of Washington is planning a new 50-story tower to replace Rainier Square at Fifth Avenue and University Street.  At 795 feet, the tower will be second only to the 937-foot Columbia Center, based on data from building-research firm Emporis. Developers are planning offices, apartments, retail and a 15-story luxury hotel on the site.

Bring the Botox. Stat! What are you going to look like when you get old? Or do you really want to know? University of Washington researchers have developed new software that uses your photo to give a reasonably accurate representation of what you will look like decades down the road.  Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, an assistant professor who helped create the program,  says there will be real uses for the software, such as helping find long-missing children who are now adults. Has she input her own photo? She’s 33. It just wasn’t something that interested her, she says.

The concept design for the proposed redevelopment of Rainier Square, which will include a 50-story tower and 15-story hotel. (University of Washington)

The concept design for the proposed redevelopment of Rainier Square, which will include a 50-story tower and 15-story hotel. (University of Washington)

Nanny cam for Bertha: A camera has been set up near where Seattle Tunnel Partners will  dig a 120-foot-deep pit in front of Bertha, the giant tunnel boring machine stuck in downtown Seattle. Repairs are set to begin next week, but Bertha won’t be moving again until next spring. Not sure how exciting the view from the camera will be: Have you heard the phrase “watching paint dry”?

How ’bout those M’s? Hisashi Iwakuma pitched the first shutout of the Mariners’ season with a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals at home. “Today was very close to 100 percent,” the Japanese right-hander said through an interpreter. “As the game got deeper, I was able to command all my pitches, and all my pitches were working really well today.” The M’s play the Royals again today, 7:10 p.m. at Safeco Field.

Sunny skies in our future: Better wear your raincoat today and hang on to your hat, but things are looking up for the weekend, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Mother’s Day looks like it might be downright pleasant, with sunny skies and temps in the upper 60s.

 

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